Nunes, Gowdy to get classified briefing on Mueller documents

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRyan declines to back calls to hold Sessions in contempt NC Republican pressed on Trump in primary showdown McCarthy, Scalise stop just short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt MORE (R-Calif.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy threatens to subpoena DOJ official for census testimony Laura Ingraham confronts Nunes on not reading docs he requested Key Dem wants probe on whether Trump payment broke ethics laws MORE (R-S.C.) will receive a classified briefing on Thursday related to documents pertaining to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation. 

Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartUtah Republican booed for telling crowd they can’t impeach Trump just ‘because you don’t like him’ GOP rep: Probably time for more regulation on Facebook GOP rep: We’re going to show the CIA ‘got it wrong’ on Russia trying to help Trump MORE (R-Utah) told The Hill that the committee chairmen “are going to get access” to the documents Nunes has demanded in connection to Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Fox News reported that the committee chairmen will visit the Justice Department for the the briefing.


The classified briefing reportedly follows a meeting at the White House on Tuesday between Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinSessions: Congress may need to ‘take action’ on encryption Mueller puts politics above the law Mueller’s jurisdiction must be limited MORE, his deputy and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

Nunes has requested and filed a subpoena for heavily classified documents that relate to Mueller’s probe.

However, the Justice Department has been hesitant to comply with his request, warning that turning over the material could risk lives.

Nunes questioned that argument, saying on Sunday in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that his request did not refer to an individual.

Nunes went on to suggest that “the only thing left to do” is hold Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGowdy threatens to subpoena DOJ official for census testimony Ryan declines to back calls to hold Sessions in contempt The Hill’s Morning Report — Sponsored by FICO — Trump’s election day gamble on Iran MORE in contempt for failing to produce the documents.

Conservative Republicans have taken aim at the Justice Department during the Russia probe, which they say is moving too slowly amid criminal charges and guilty pleas for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell trolls Blankenship on Twitter: ‘Thanks for playing, Don’ Pittenger loses GOP primary fight Blankenship concedes GOP Senate primary in W. Va. MORE‘s associates. Lawmakers have criticized Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Mueller investigation after Sessions recused himself, of being slow to fulfill document requests.

A group of conservative representatives have even drafted eight articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. The articles make a series of charges against Rosenstein and question his credibility, reputation and fitness to serve.